Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious

Hanoi, 1890 / Ho Chi Minh City, 1999 / Gentrifying Brooklyn, present day. A triptych about the ownership and authorship of food following the journey of Vietnamese noodle soup.
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Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    18 Nov. 2019
    Beautiful and profound in its simplicity--Chinn crafts a supremely theatrical exploration of appropriation, appreciation, and xenophobia. Everything about this piece is impeccably structured and intentional from the pacing of scenes to the use of doubling to the selection of these three specific moments and places in time. I'd love to see this staged!
  • Lisa Sillaway:
    12 Nov. 2019
    How do I say this and still be nice? I really kinda hate Dustin Chinn right now, because he's written the kind of play that I have not yet mastered. This is a lovely three-course play that satisfies the foodie in me, the history buff and the political junkie. It's the kind of play I love to read and the kind of play I would love to direct. I feel it would be an amazing choice for high schools who could devour and relish it.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    28 Oct. 2019
    An exploration of historic and modern colonialism, appropriation, appreciation, and tradition through pho. Pho IS delicious, and so is this play. It's clever, and funny, and doesn't hold back on the societal criticism. I also appreciated the theatrical dealing with multiple languages and moving through time periods, both are conveyed simply and clearly to the audience, allowing us to use our imagination.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Ars Nova
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    2019
  • Residency
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    Bay Area Playwrights Festival
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Ma-Yi Theater Company
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    2017
  • Residency
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    Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep
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    2017